Beachgoers urged to take care as hazardous surf hits the Gold Coast

Beaches along the Gold Coast remain open despite a hazardous surf warning being in place.

But beachgoers are still urged to be careful if heading into the water.

A large swell is moving in from the east with forecasts of 3 metres waves.


Conditions are expected to peak on Monday before dropping off again.

With school holidays now in full swing and the first day of sunshine for a while, beaches are expected to be busy today.

Weekend lifeguard supervisor Anthony Lunney says conditions are still a bit tricky.

“We had high tide around 6 and it’s backing off again now,” Mr Lunney said.

“Surf is probably about 4 to 5 feet on the open beaches, the gutters in close to the open beaches are running and there’s a number of rips up and down so definitely swim between the flags today.

“Down on the points, the waves are pretty good with that swell coming in, but it’s definitely only for experienced surfers.

“If you’re going to the beach today make sure you go straight up to your lifeguards if you need some advice and always swim in those flagged areas.”

The swell has also caused some minor scarping on some Gold Coast beaches, particularly on the northern end, as well as around Burleigh.

People walking along the beach are also being urged to take extra care.